An Australian senator said the monarchy had ‘blood on its hands’ while protesters set the Australian flag on fire just hours after a national mourning ceremony was held to honor the queen. claimed.
Anti-monarchists took to the streets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on Thursday’s one-off holiday calling for “abolish the monarchy”.
A wild scene emerged from the protests, with some choosing to burn the Australian flag to send a message to the Commonwealth.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Brisbane’s CBD just after noon and marched from the Queen Victoria statue on Williams Street to the Eagle Street Pier area.
“Our message to England and the monarchy is fucking Kingburn,” one speaker told the crowd through a megaphone.
After the speech, the group set fire to newspapers before burning Australian and British flags.
Protesters wore shirts that read ‘Abolish Australia Day’.
A large sign carried by the group read, “No kings, no policemen, no capitalists, no socialists.”
As the group walked back through the city, they chanted:
Meanwhile, in Sydney, hundreds of people gathered near City Hall to call for the monarchy to be abolished.
One sign read: It’s time! Aboriginal land. ”
Police guarded George Street in Sydney’s CBD as speakers addressed the crowd from the steps of City Hall.
Another sign read, “Never surrendered sovereignty.”
Another protester held up a sign that read, “Brutal British colonization prevails.”
“My King and Queen are Black,” read another, with a picture of an Aboriginal flag.
A woman in Sydney marched with a placard that read, “While they uprooted ours, they pissed off their own.”
Pro-royalist supporters also attended the Sydney protests, standing still with British flags and pictures of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hundreds of Melburnians soaked up the sun for the one-off holiday and attended a rally in the city’s CBD.
Senator Lydia Thorpe led the crowd on Thursday by dipping her hands in red paint and speaking into a microphone in front of Flinders Street Station.
“There’s blood on my crown hands,” Mr. Thorpe shouted to the crowd.
“Our people are dying in this country every day. The crown boots are around our necks and we are sick of them.
“We are here to fight for our rights as the first people of these lands. We have never acknowledged sovereignty.”
The crowd cheered and applauded as the Indigenous senator addressed the rally in front of a burning Australian flag.
Her T-shirt read, “Another Day in the Colonies.”
Thorpe yelled at the crowd that the people she works with “rule their lives with the colonial violence brought here by the royal family.”
“Do you know… how many prison deaths we have to deal with in our daily lives because the media doesn’t report them?” she said. Told.
“Did you know that over 20,000 Aboriginal children were stolen in 2022? And would you like to mourn the settlers who brought suffering and genocide to people here?”
Thorpe said Thursday was a “D-day” to “mature the country”, tell the truth, and help return stolen goods to the indigenous peoples.
In the days leading up to the holiday, notices of the protest said the group condemned past atrocities and the ongoing effects of British colonization in Australia.
The activist group Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and activist groups fighting in solidarity for the treaty are just a few of those who organized the demonstration.
“This is our stance on the crimes that continue to be committed against marginalized First Nations, Black, Brown and Asian communities. We demand justice, truth and accountability from all. Justice for all,” WAR wrote on Facebook.
“This is a demonstration against racist colonial imperialism.”
The protests began just hours after hundreds of Australian leaders and politicians gathered at Canberra’s Parliament House to mourn the Queen with a memorial service and a moment of silence.
While many praised the monarch’s 70-year reign, indigenous leaders say the monarchy represents a violent history.
“The Commonwealth has blood on its hands. The death of Elizabeth II has ignited an ongoing call for justice for the dispossessed,” the Sydney protest group wrote on Facebook.
“Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. So-called Black Furla here in Australia and around the world protest.
“We demand a ceasefire in the ongoing wars against the Earth and its custodians! We demand an end to inherited power and stolen wealth.”
Thousands of Australians expressed interest in joining one of the protests.
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